PHOENIX — A former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix is scheduled Thursday for a court hearing.

Aaron Juan Saucedo has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and drive-by shooting in attacks that killed nine people and wounded two others during a nearly one-year period that ended in July 2016.

Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty on eight of the nine deaths.

Most of the killings were in a mostly Latino neighborhood where residents became afraid to go outside their homes at night.

Saucedo has chosen not to attend five previous court hearings.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019.

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